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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Armed forces to create new mine clearing qualificationsOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Mine clearing skills are to be formally recognised with a new vocationalqualification. The armed services has developed the National/Scottish VocationalQualification in conjunction with the skills council SEMTA – the Science,Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance – and hopes thequalification will help armed forces personnel in their post-army careers. Ministry of Defence spokes-man, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Holman, said itmakes sense that the experience gained by servicemen working in explosiveordnance disposal is backed up with qualifications that are recognised beyond theforces. “These new qualifications will also benefit civilian organisations toensure greater recognition of the already high standards in the industry, whileproviding tools for management and individual career development and formalacknowledgement of the work of all practitioners in this dangerous anddemanding field,” he said. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgIn response to increased demand in Asian markets, the commercial fishery for the common whelk (Buccinum undatum, L) has expanded in north-eastern Europe. In the Irish Sea region (ICES Area 20 VHa), increased effort and landings have raised concerns about long-term stability of the fishery amongst stakeholders. Fisheries in Welsh waters and the Isle of Man territorial sea are now subject to an increased minimum landing size according to the best available scientific data. This study addresses key knowledge gaps by investigating the size-at-age relationship of the species across the latitudinal extent of the fisheries management region. Our findings show that growth parameters, modelled using growth rings observed in the statolith, vary between populations and show a broadly latitudinal pattern. Thermal-time (expressed as sea bottom temperature degree-days) showed a significant negative linear relationship with the asymptotic size reach by whelk populations (L-infinity), where whelk grew to a larger maximum size in cooler waters. Other parameters, including maximum growth rates and the age at which growth rate begins to decrease, showed clear trends with sea-bottom temperature but linear modelling failed to detect significant relationships, where warmer waters increase the rate of growth in the early life stages of whelk but cooler waters allow growth to continue until later in life. Whilst there are substantial requirements to further validate and refine the relationship between growth and sea-bottom temperature, extrapolation of these data to other regions in Northeast Europe may provide a valuable tool in approximating important life-history characteristics in stock assessments, such as L-infinity, age-at-L-50 and age-at-recruitment.last_img read more

first_imgThe director of a West Midlands lettings agency with three branches that collapsed in February owing creditors £1.3 million has blamed the tenant fees ban and Covid on its demise.Homepoints estate agents Ltd, which went into liquidation several weeks ago, has told creditors that its financial difficulties were due to a significant extent to the lost revenues driven by the fees ban.Owner Ajit Singh Pooni also said that the first Covid lockdown reduced its fees income by half but that after reopening in May when the housing market was allowed to revive, revenues remain substantially reduced.But despite these claims, Pooni and his former agency are now being investigated by local trading standards.This follows a liquidator’s report that revealed the company owed £118,145  in unprotected deposits and that rents totalling £459,553 had not been passed on to landlords.ClaimsClient money protection scheme CMP, which Home Point was a member of, says these two creditor groups will be covered. The first landlords and tenants have already approached it to make claims.But trading standards are concerned enough by the collapse of the firm to investigate how it came to owe such huge sums.Councillor Nicolas Barlow of Dudley Council told local newspaper the Express & Star that: “Our trading standards officers are currently investigating concerns raised in regards to this company and we are therefore unable to add anything further at this stage.”Home Point Ajit Singh Pooni dudley council nicolas barlow CMP schemes West Midlands March 15, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Lettings agency director blames firm’s collapse on fees ban and Covid previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings agency director blames firm’s collapse on fees ban and CovidThree branch agency is also under investigation by trading standards after rents totalling nearly £460,000 were not passed on to landlords.Nigel Lewis15th March 202102,214 Viewslast_img read more

first_img February 21, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Ship HMAS Melbourne Arrives at Port of Colombo View post tag: Melbourne View post tag: Australian Australian Navy Ship HMAS Melbourne Arrives at Port of Colombo Ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander BJ Schligel a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.HMAS MELBOURNE AT PORT OF COLOMBOHMAS Melbourne is an Adelaide Class guided missile frigate (FFG). It is 138 meters in length and has a displacement of 4040 tons. The ship’s complement consists of 26 officers and 195 sailors. The ship’s crew is scheduled to participate in a series of programmes arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance the friendly relations between the two Navies during the ship’s stay in Sri Lanka.[mappress]Press Release, February 21, 2014, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: port View post tag: Arrives Training & Education View post tag: HMAS HMAS MELBOURNE AT PORT OF COLOMBOThe Australian Naval Ship HMAS “Melbourne” arrived at the port of Colombo on 21st February 2014 on a goodwill visit. It was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ship View post tag: Colombo Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has selected James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard, and his research partner Steven Pincus of Yale University, to be awarded a project grant through the institute’s Inaugural Grant Program to research the events leading to the British Industrial Revolution.“The British Industrial Revolution is the key event of modern economic history but the academic literature has completely missed the critical issues,” said Robinson. “Economists want to construct a history-free model of the world, and neither historians nor political scientists care about economics. Since INET is not constrained by arcane disciplinary boundaries its role is crucial in helping this type of research happen.”“Robinson and Pincus revisit political as well as economic history to analyze the Industrial Revolution of Britain in a crucial, yet forgotten perspective,” said Robert Johnson, executive director of INET. “We are funding a fresh look at the underlying catalysts of historical events that fundamentally altered the world economy and society itself. This will give us a better understanding of how industrialization affects political and economic institutions.”For more information on the institute and its programs, visit INET.last_img read more

first_imgThe information is vast, the challenges daunting, and the tools statistical. But in the end, Harvard’s new class on big data is as much about people as it is about methodology.The 29 students in “Statistics 183, Learning from Big Data,” work in teams that shift every few weeks, tackling challenges that involve enormous data sets. The students brainstorm and learn from their team members, but they also learn from the work of other teams. Each team posts its solutions to the class projects weekly, and the top three give overviews of their strategies. Students also lecture, presenting a different statistical method to the class each week.“The learning curve is very steep, but it’s also very exciting,” said Sherrie Wang, a senior biomedical engineering concentrator. “No other class I’ve taken is graded this way and is so project-intensive.”The course meets twice a week in Quincy House’s newly renovated Stone Hall, under the watchful eye of Assistant Professor of Statistics Luke Bornn and teaching fellow Alex Franks. Bornn said he designed the course to eschew the typical lecture-and-exam format for one that is project-based and emphasizes peer learning. In other words, the class, which is being offered for the first time this semester, is unlike any that Bornn himself has taken.“This course flips on its head anything that I experienced as a student, intentionally,” Bornn said. “It’s very much all about what they can learn from each other.”The class is aimed at College seniors who have a background in statistics, and interested graduate students. The peer-learning aspect, Bornn said, makes it important that students come already equipped with an understanding of statistics, as well as some computer programming.Big data is a hot topic. Statistics, of course, has always been about understanding data, searching for correlations, examining trends, and even understanding what is not known, in the form of uncertainty. Big data, however, is a relatively recent development, a product of modern technology’s ability to gather enormous amounts of information. That ability has brought the promise of a deeper understanding of some of the Earth’s most complex systems, such as the climate system, but also presents problems of handling and extracting meaning from such massive data sets.Statistics, Bornn said, hasn’t kept pace with technology’s ability to collect information, and even technology runs into limits when data sets are so large they can’t be loaded onto desktop or laptop computers. That leaves open the question of how to handle data sets that contain literally millions of rows.“Genomics collects petabytes of data. Weather stations are producing data … every minute,” Bornn said. The question is “how do you turn big data problems into small data problems?”The class seeks to introduce big data to students and give them some tools for handling it. In the past, Bornn said, students getting a typical statistics education would have a good foundation, but would not be ready for the real-world problems they found in their first jobs. The class aims to prepare them for those problems.“My hope is that they have this ability to say: Here’s a scientific or business problem, here’s a big data set that may or may not be useful, and then be able to go from the raw data to a full write-up,” Bornn said.The students’ preparation for the real world comes by tackling four online challenges that are open to all comers. The problems and initial data sets are available on Kaggle.com, a data science competition website. They include devising a way to predict the outcome of the NCAA basketball tournament using past data on program strength and tournament seeding; making a wiring map of the brain; classifying Wikipedia articles; and back-casting the initial conditions in an evolved pattern in Conway’s Game of Life, in which a geometric pattern expands — potentially infinitely — according to simple rules.After learning about the challenge and getting initial data sets, the teams are left alone to brainstorm the most effective approaches. They’re not limited to using just the data they are given, and can search the Web for other information. By mid-semester, the class has done pretty well against outside competition on the Kaggle website, with teams placing in the top 10 among hundreds from around the world in the first two contests.Andrew Reece, a psychology doctoral student, is taking the course to expand on the statistical background provided by his department’s courses. Reece said he wants to develop an in-depth knowledge of statistical tools so he can apply them to social psychological research. Reece said he appreciates the class’ experimental nature.“I think he [Bornn] has got this kind of vision that this course is defined by the idea of crowdsourcing, and he’s seeding it into every aspect,” Reece said.Anthony Liu, a senior mathematics concentrator, said he took the course because he’s interested in the topic, and the peer-learning approach also attracted him. The competition among teams, he said, adds excitement and the challenge of trying to best his friends.“The big draw of this class was the opportunity to explore these statistical tools in a practical setting and, furthermore, to do so [in] a group … amongst a community,” he said.Liu said the hardest part of each problem is deciding on an initial strategy among team members. Liu, who has a post-Commencement job lined up at Analytics Operations Engineering Inc., said he expects the work to be familiar because of the big data course.“It’s basically a professional version of this class,” Liu said.last_img read more

first_img Joining Moretz as Caitlin Gabriel, Taylor (Fox’s Almost Human) as Dawn Sheridan and Westfeldt (Wonderful Town) as Elizabeth Gabriel/Nurse in the cast will be 
Ben Livingston (The Heiress) as Reverend Dunston/ADA Thornton, Michael O’Keefe (Reckless) as Nolan Gabriel/Surgeon, Daryl Sabara (Showtime’s Weeds) as Ryan Mayes/Marshall Bauer, 
David Townsend (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Publisher/Agent Murtaugh and Tamara Tunie (Julius Caesar) as Detective Gwen Washburn. Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. Emmy Nominee Lili Taylor, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt and more will join the previously announced Chloë Grace Moretz in the off-Broadway play. The Library will run at The Public’s Newman Theater March 25 through April 27, with opening night set for April 15. Related Shows The Library will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by David Lander, and sound design by Darron L West. View Commentscenter_img The Library Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.last_img read more

first_imgA bicycle can find a great home almost anywhere. A bicycle’s needs are basic and its demands are straightforward; sounding something like, “get off the couch and take me for a spin.” From mountain towns with punishing terrain and bars flanked by foam-pad-tailgates to urban jungles where bikers sport shoulder bags and chunder is a manhole, here are the Blue Ridge towns that bicycles love.Brevard, North Carolina – Once mountain biking’s “best kept secret”, Brevard has a fat-tire grip on its claim as the capital of southern cycling. This small Appalachian hamlet has become a bicycle boom town with shops, breweries, and a variety of other businesses popping up in the wake of singletrack fever. Recent additions like The Hub Bike Shop, Pisgah Tavern, and Pilot Cove campground are enhancing Brevard’s regional repute and making it one of the hippest riding destinations in the world. The inexhaustible abundance of singletrack in Pisgah Forest, miles of windy road riding, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, and world class races and events means more and more riders are making the pilgrimage. Additionally, Brevard College has one of the top road, cross country, and downhill programs in the nation.Must Ride: Any single track trail descending from the top of Clawhammer Road: Bennett, Black, Avery.Chattanooga, Tennessee – 120 miles of purpose-built single track within 10 miles of the city limits only begins to explain how much Chattanoogans dig their scoots. With planners carving miles of trail, instituting a bike share transit system, and passing laws that protect cyclists, this small city is earning much applause for its progressive, two-wheeled worldview. Bicycle Magazine called Chattanooga the 27th best biking city in America, the highest designation to any small southern city. On top of new trail systems and greenways, Chattanooga offers all the extra amenities that make for a fun riding destination, including happening neighborhoods, with breweries, restaurants, and decked out bike shops, like Suck Creek Cycle, and even an adventure hostel called The Crash Pad.Must Ride: Racoon Mountain for wildly fun singletrack, or Enterprise South Nature Park, where there is a little something for the whole family.Harrisonburg, Virginia -With its proximity to a lifetime’s worth of trail riding and a full calendar of bike races and festivals, Harrisonburg is the capital of Virginia’s mountain biking and cycling scene. In addition to hosting stellar backcountry races like the Shenandoah 100 and rugged gravel grinders like the Harris-Doubaix, Harrisonburg is home to six bike shops and a collegiate team at James Madison University. While there, make sure you hit Massanutten Mountain for dirt and single track, or, to take advantage of breathtaking road rides through the countryside, head east of town to the Shenandoah Valley or up to Skyline Drive.jfp_granfondo_2471__largeLouisville, Kentucky – Louisville has one of the richest biking traditions in the country. At the turn of the century Louisville was leading the national peloton, as a town fully enamored the new sport of cycling. In 1898, for example, 10,000 citizens took to their bicycles for a cycling parade. A little over 100 years later, Louisville still finds itself at the cutting edge of the bike world scene, as it was the first non-European city to host the World Cyclocross championship. And the groundbreaking tradition continues. Today Louisville is home to the largest underground bike park in the world, a 22-acre subterranean dirt world known as Megacavern. Louisville’s famed urban park system is relished by the countless cyclists who train on Olmstead’s Parkways for numerous regional road races. Antiquated single speeds are the preferable way to cruise some of Louisville’s hip neighborhoods, where bourbon, food, and music delightfully slosh together.Must Ride: The Olmstead Parkways or Megacavern. You’re probably inclined one way or the other.Davis, West Virginia –  Davis, West Virginia does not offer all the frills of other cycle-centric towns, but for what it lacks in amenities it makes up for with an authentic vibe and rowdy, black diamond single track. Besides, fewer breweries, shops, and crowds is a refreshing change of pace in an ever-more commercialized scene. The gear you truly need can be found at Blackwater Bikes, a main street dive which has served the Tucker County faithful since 1982. The wilderness areas of Monongahela, Black Water Canyon, and Canaan Valley surround Davis and offer immediate access to some of the most hair-bristling and technical trails anywhere in the East. Furthermore, every June the Canaan Mountain Biking Festival showcases Davis’s grassroots passion. Even the four-years-old gear up for trial races. Other area races include the Blackwater Classic and the Revenge of the Rattlesnake.Must Ride: The Hellbender Cirque will give you a taste of the gnarliest stuff in the Canaan Valley. Commemorate the experience with  Davis-style apres-biking at Hellbender Burritos.Best of the RestBoone, North Carolina: Rocky Knob bike park is a top-notch, purpose-built, in-town network; nearby Beech Mountain is among the best in East Coast Downhill; and Wilson Creek offers rugged backcountry exploration.kearns-tj-5292Ellijay, Georgia:  The capital of Georgia mountain biking serves up roughly 59 singletrack trails, such as Bear Creek and Pinhoti, as well as sweet digs at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get Away.Washington, D.C.: Sharing systems, bike lanes, new trails, and other proactive approaches are making the nation’s capital one of the most bike-friendly metropolises in the country, especially as social planners try to bring biking to economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.Greenville, South Carolina: Ex-pro and Lance Armstrong crony George Hincapie figure heads the cycling scene, including opening a high-end chateau where road warriors congregate. A blossoming downtown invites a growing number of tourists, especially foodies.Asheville, North Carolina: While the Blue Ridge Parkway and the trails in Pisgah are international riding meccas, the best option could be a pedal, drink, and eat tour through downtown to South Slope to the River Arts District to West Asheville.last_img read more

first_imgLetters to the Editor, September 15, 2002 Representing ChildrenAs an attorney who has practiced dependency law under Ch. 39 within the State of Florida, I found the June 15 article headlined “Children in state custody need more representation” rather interesting. While the recommendations seemed sensible and aimed at the problem, the biggest problem is the State of Florida’s unwillingness to spend the money necessary to provide these children with adequate and zealous legal representation.Educating the public is a noble task. Creating legislation that truly helps children is necessary in our modern society. Unfortunately, attorneys cannot pay bills with good intentions and education. They pay their bills, raise their children, pay for college, and pay their staff with real dollars, not kind sentiments. Until the State of Florida, specifically the counties, embrace an acceptable hourly wage to pay the practitioners of dependency and delinquency law within Florida, I am afraid you will find the list of attorneys who practice in this area of law dwindling. I think the best solution to this problem would be to rid our court system of the annual flat fee contracts that are offered to attorneys to accept dependency and delinquency cases and offer a per-hour fee arrangement with the counties. I for one would be more than willing to re-enter into the practice of dependency law should the state, in its wisdom, restore the per- hour fee arrangement. C. Donald Detky Jacksonville September 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgU.S. 11th Circuit to amend procedures December 15, 2005 Regular News U.S. 11th Circuit to amend procedures Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 1, from the court’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 3, 2006.last_img read more